An afternoon of art, craft, good food
and learning something new
Attending this seminar by Havaianas was touch and go because of our schedule. Of course I begged, cajoled and blackmailed the hubby just so I could attend. And after some reluctance, we moved our business commitments around so that I could be in Manila for the December 6 workshop.
Truth be told Havaianas and I have a love-hate relationship. Whenever I buy a pair then dont last very long -- only because my dogs seem to think of them as really excellent chew toys.
So when the opportunity to present itself to attend an art workshop by this brand I was a bit hesitant. It also didnt help that the registration fee was quite steep. But I reasoned that paying the Php 6,500 price tag it was actually a steal considering the seminar kit had a lot of the brands I use and yet dont have and also it was for THREE workshops discussing different topics each.
All three were held in the Hillside Cafe situated along Mo. Ignacia Avenue in Quezon City. This isnt a place I frequent, even when I was living in Manila so it was an urban adventure for hubby and I that sunday. What a great opportunity that the cafe was right beside a gardening center that had everything you could possibly need when starting your own green house (something I've been wanting to get my hands on) such as seeds, roofing material, growth supplements and the like. So while waiting for the workshop to start, Hubby and I went crazy over all the gardening things we could get our hands on -- we bought a lot of seed packets!!
By 1PM students began piling in the cafe to get ready for the first of three workshops which was LETTERING BY ABBEY SY (IG @abbeysy). Although not my first seminar by her this time around felt like I was able to grasp the concepts better since I've been practicing on my own lettering style. The class was a more condensed version of the one I first attended, nonetheless it was also a learning experience especially since #FaberCastellPhilippines gave a free set of PITT pens that we readily used in our foray into lettering.
I didnt know time could go by so fast, after 1 hour the Lettering class was finished! In conclusion, I have a deeper appreciation now for all the posters and advertising materials I see around -- there was a lot of thought placed into what font, position or color to use in order to catch your attention! Someday I hope to make my own Lettering pieces of art.
The second class was a Watercolor Seminar by Alessa Lanot (IG @lifeafterbreakfast) who incidentally is also the owner of Hillside Cafe. In all honesty, watercolor is not my forte. The only reason I dabbled in it is because of Imma and seeing all the Pinterest Craft pins on my feed. I have had no formal training in this medium (something I will say over and over again) but I love how it works. So I was pleasantly surprised and very excited when Alessa mentioned that this was her area of expertise and something she has been doing for more than a decade! If there is anything I will not forget form this afternoon of art is the concept of TEA, MILK & CREAM -- various mixes of water and pigment to create a difference in your painting. TEA is a mix of mostly water and very little pigment-- exactly how tea looks. MILK is 50% water and 50% pigment. Meanwhile CREAM is primarily pigment.
Learning how to utilize these three mixes in order to sketch and finally color your end project was an eye opener. The class output was a family crest and this is what I made:
The shape of the shield resembles the JCI shield -- an organization we are both very much active in. The letters M & I represent our names. The mountain at the bottom is supposed to be Mayon Volcano -- the premier tourist attraction where we live. Finally the banner at the bottom spells out our family name - Reynoso.
The final seminar was FLOURISHING By Patrick Cabral (IG @DarkGravity) and was the one I was most excited to attend. You see flourishing has always intrigued me -- how can some calligraphers create such intricate designs with swirls and circles?
Although I was not able to finish the entire seminar -- I had to leave earlier to go to another engagement -- I was able to pick up some tips in creating my own flourished beauties.
1. SYMMETRY - if you flourish on the left you must do so on the right, same goes with the top and bottom to create some symmetry in your design.
2. PICK WHAT LETTER YOU WANT TO EMPHASIZE - not all letters are made to be flourished. Some are easier to add flourished to than others such as L, N, S, & T. Remember to not go overboard though!
3. EXPERIMENT- there are no set rules on how to flourish so dont be afraid to experiment with the swirls and circles
In conclusion, I had an awesome afternoon! Leaving the seminar, I had an entire canvass bag filled to the brim with freebies such as artist-grade watercolor paper, book by Summit Media and the materials included in the seminar kit that had items such as Zig Real Brush, Dr. Ph Martins Hydrus Watercolor ( 3 Bottles), Dong-A Hexaplus Pen Set, CraftDoodle Water Brush, Stabilo pens and more!
And finally the best surprise, all participants got to take home a pair of the Limited Edition Filipinas Slipper designed by the 3 Workshop Facilitators!! Yes guys a free pair of Havaianas Slippers!!!!!!! I was such a giddy teenager that I couldnt wait to wear my pair right away. And I did -- during the car ride home.
So yes, I was quite the happy camper bringing home not just the workshop goodies but also a free pair of LIMITED EDITION Havaianas Slippers. What more can you ask for?
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